My school is going to be closed down. I am starting to apply for jobs but there isn't much about where I live at the moment. I haven't got any ties to a particular area and there seem to be a lot in London especially in the more "challenging" LOL areas. My question is this - I can't afford a mortgage and I won't be able to afford much rent, either I'll have to live close and pay high rent or live further out and pay high transport costs. My parents suggested lodging. However one of the girls I work with was someone's lodger and he turned out to be a sleazy perv, even though his wife and two kids were in the house. She ended up having to leave and slept on someone's floor while she worked her notice. My brother lodged in hammersmith for a year and the landlord's son pilfered things from his room. Just small untrace-able things so it was hard to prove and his father took his side. Is there any sort of register of people who take lodgers that checks them out? I had a look on the internet but i couldn't find what I wanted.